Today in the US, it’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. In 1941, Japan attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise move. Experts did not think Japan would attack Hawaii, and the base was somewhat unprepared to defend the attack. Over 2,400 people were killed, and 8 battleships destroyed or damaged. It was the first major attack on US soil, and it brought the US into WW2.
It’s important to stop and remember our history as a nation. Different events impact us as individuals, and we all experience things differently. But whether it’s Pearl Harbor, 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, school shootings–our history as a nation is important to remember, honor and learn from.
But it’s also important to remember hope during these times. After Pearl Harbor, after 9-11, after the most recent shooting–sometimes it’s natural to see only the darkness. But notice how people come together, how people step up to work with their neighbors, how during the dark times we can forget ourselves and our disagreements and work together.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.
Ephesians 6:18 (ERV)
Father Almighty, You are the Almighty. I know the past, the present and the future are in your hands. Give me wisdom and words to help those around me, when they face dark times. Thank you for being my hope. Amen.